The Ghosts of Faithful
Poets % Writers Magazine Maureen Egen Award, First Runner-Up
When "The Ghosts of Faithful" won First-Runner-up for Poets and Writers Magazine's Maureen Egen Award, it was a novel in progress. Now it is finished and will be my seventh published novel, due out by the end of September.
Here's what Victor La Valle, author, Professor at Columbia, and Judge of the contest had to say about it: "Faithful" suggests a broad canvas--a well-rendered local; a promising war of equals in the characters, a clear desire to address/tackle the issues larger than the back and forth, and a clear understanding on the author's part about pacing and clarity. Also, I thought the father's chapter was really funny!"
About the completed novel:
Izzy Collier runs the Food Bank in a town called Faithful, on the banks of the Suwannee River. She is the least amicable of two daughters in a frustrating family; all, keeping secrets of betrayal.
Her parents are at odds with both daughters, and with each other. Her sister, always Izzy’s competition, is an unstable former beauty queen, the wife of a philanderer, and the mother of four.
Now, their ninety-four year-old grandmother sees her dead husband’s ghost, accompanied by a strange little girl. At the same time, Izzy’s husband, a defense lawyer, is being forced by his boss to
effect the acquittal of a teenager accused of the rape and murder of a child. When Izzy starts to see her deceased grandfather and the little girl, too, she questions her sanity. What if the little
girl ghost is the murdered child? But then, why would she be with Izzy's grandfather? Are the ghosts after revenge, justice, or something greater?